Graydon Krapohl for Ann Arbor City Council
Hello, my name is Graydon Krapohl, Democratic Council member for Ann Arbor’s 4th Ward and I’m running for reelection. I am running because I believe in the importance of public service, improving my community and helping people.
I was born in Ann Arbor, raised here as a young child, and graduated from the University of Michigan. My wife and I returned to Ann Arbor because we knew it was where we wanted to live and raise our daughter.
As a veteran, I bring different perspective to Council that draws on my diverse background and experience in representing the residents of the 4th Ward. For me, my service in the Marines has been a central factor in guiding both my personal and professional life. It has shaped my approach to leadership and my role as a public servant.
Through my service, I learned early that integrity is the cornerstone of character; that duty, honor, courage and commitment are paramount for public service; and that listening, respect and teamwork are essential for success. I live these values everyday and bring them with me in my in my role as a public servant.
I am pragmatic and reasoned in my approach always listening to multiple viewpoints and new ideas. I have the critical thinking skills needed to sort through and examine the complex issues facing our city. I make my decisions based on fact and a genuine desire to improve our community and help my neighbors in the 4th Ward.
On Council I have worked collaboratively to improve the quality of life for all residents. Over the past four years we have
Moving forward, my priorities will continue to focus on our neighborhoods, infrastructure/core services, fiscal discipline, affordability and responsible growth. We must insist on decisions that strengthen our community and continued prosperity all while preserving Ann Arbor’s unique character.
It is imperative that we look for and embrace new ways of thinking about the issues and problems we face. We need to reframe the questions we ask in order to develop the policies and programs needed to move forward. Only by doing this can we meet the challenges of today while also creating an environment for success in the future.
I believe Ann Arbor is headed in the right direction but we still have work to do that will require experienced leadership with an understanding of the challenges facing our community and the ability to develop comprehensive solutions. I am committed in keeping Ann Arbor a safe, vibrant and inviting community for all. Please remember to vote on August 7th and thank you for your support.